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Information for the Huron Community

This page is intended to provide the Huron Community with information regarding COVID-19 updates.

COVID-19 Updates

Updated: Nov. 29, 2022

Vaccination Policy

Western is revoking their vaccination policy and will no longer require students, employees, and visitors to be vaccinated to come to campus. Since the start of the pandemic, Huron has aligned with Western’s COVID policies. In keeping with that practice, the updated COVID policy will also apply to our entire community, effective immediately.

While vaccinations will no longer be required to attend our campus, we still urge our community to keep up to date with their vaccinations. To learn more about updated vaccine guidance from the Ministry of Health, please click here.

If you have any questions or concerns related to this update, please reach out to vaccine@huron.uwo.ca.

Masking Policy

Please note that masks are still required in instructional spaces and will continue to be a requirement following the winter break. As a reminder to our community, medical-grade masks will continue to be available free of charge at the Silvercrest Welcome Centre and the security desk.

 

COVID FAQ

What do I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

Do not come to campus and follow the public health guidelines. If you are a student in residence, isolate in your room immediately.

  • Students in residence should report to either of the Residence Life Managers
  • Students should report to the Registrar’s Office for accommodation purposes
How will students be accommodated should they test positive for COVID-19?

Prolonged student absence for any reason will be handled by academic advisors who will work with the student directly to determine accommodation.

How will staff/faculty be accommodated should they test positive for COVID-19?

All department chairs have been asked to consider contingency plans in the event that a faculty member tests positive with COVID. Specific plans and coverage will be determined on a case-by-case basis as each situation will have different variables and factors to consider.

If a staff member is feeling well enough to continue to work during while positive for COVID, they could discuss the option of working from home with their leader. This will not be a requirement but simply offered as an option.

Where applicable, sick days could be utilized if required.

What is Huron doing about air quality around campus?

Huron’s HVAC system upgrades have been a major focus of the summer project execution. Preventative Maintenance is completed proactively on all systems.  System filters are being upgraded to MERV13 or highest existing equipment will support.  This is to help filter incoming and recirculated air within the systems.

Since March 2020, 11 major pieces of HVAC equipment have been installed to replaced aged or poorly functioning systems:

  • West Wing – 2 units complete, 4 in progress in August
  • Kingsmill Room
  • Library Reading Room/Stacks
  • Library Commons
  • Valley Wing – 1 in progress in August
  • O’Neil Ridley – new chiller for A/C
Where and how do I get vaccinated or tested?

Western has an on-campus vaccination and testing centre. It is now open in the Graphic Services Building. Any registered student or current employee with an active Western username and password can book a test or a vaccine appointment using the online booking tools. Some walk-in appointments are available. Pre-booking guarantees you a spot, pending vaccine availability.

What is Huron's current masking policy?

Masking is required in all instructional spaces. Masks are readily available to the Huron community, and can be found in the Silvercrest Welcome Centre and the security desk.